Rating: 4 stars
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
  • 13 Ratings
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cool:
2 hrs
bake:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
3 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
16
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Grease and lightly flour an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan (or two 5 3/4x3x2-inch loaf pans). Set pan(s) aside. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add fruits and peels, raisins, cherries, and nuts; mix ingredients well.

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  • In another mixing bowl beat eggs; stir in brown sugar, juice, butter, and molasses until combined. Stir into fruit mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s). (The smaller pans will be quite full.)

  • Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours for the 8x4x2-inch pan, 55 to 65 minutes for the 5-3/4x3x2-inch pans, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. If necessary, cover pan(s) loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Place cake in pan(s) on a wire rack and cool thoroughly.

  • Remove cake from pan(s). Wrap cake in brandy- or fruit juice-moistened 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Overwrap with foil. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 weeks to mellow flavors. Remoisten cheesecloth with brandy or fruit juice weekly or as needed. Makes 16 servings.

Tips

If using foil pans, place on a baking sheet for added stability.

Light-Colored Fruitcake:

Prepare as above, except omit nutmeg, allspice, and cloves; substitute light-colored corn syrup for the molasses. Add 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel and 1 tablespoon lemon juice with the corn syrup.

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 37mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 37g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 20g; protein 3g; vitamin a 194.4IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.8mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 8.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 95mg; potassium 164mg; calcium 40.4mg; iron 1.3mg.
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